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 English Graduate Handbook


Candidates for the M.A. degree are required to have a reading knowledge of a foreign language, ordinarily one from the following group: French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, or Spanish. A language not on this list may be chosen by students who can show its relevance to their degree programs.

The form certifying completion of the foreign language requirement must be signed by a member of a university foreign language department by the middle of the semester prior to the semester in which they will take their exams.

Candidates for the M.A.E.S. degree may either satisfy the language requirement or take 6 credits of graduate work in the major beyond the minimum of 31 credits.

A computer programming language may be used to satisfy the M.A.E.S. and Publishing/Print Culture language requirement. (Programming languages such as C++ and J2EE are acceptable; mark-up languages such as HTML are not. The graduate committee must approve the particular language being proposed.)

Graduate students may establish proficiency in a foreign language in one of the following ways:

  1. By completing as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota 2 semesters of an undergraduate intermediate-level language course with a B- or better average and no grade lower than a C.
  2. By successfully completing the examination required at the end of intermediate-level language courses offered in Continuing Education and Extension.
  3. By successfully completing the examination required at the end of appropriate correspondence courses, such as French 0001 (French Reading), German 0221 and 0222 (Intermediate German), and Spanish 0221 (offered through the University of Minnesota Department of Independent Study) or similar courses offered in other university correspondence study programs.
  4. By presenting evidence of completion, within 5 years preceding UMD certification, of 2 semesters or the equivalent of intermediate-level foreign language at the college level with a B- or better average and with no grade lower than a C. These courses may have been taken at the University of Minnesota or at another accredited college or university. One year of study is the equivalent of 12 quarter credits or 8 semester credits.
  5. By passing a language proficiency examination administered by a University of Minnesota foreign language department. The level of examination is that for a student who completed 1 year of a college intermediate-level foreign language course with an emphasis on reading and who has shown higher than average proficiency (i.e., a record of B- or better). (See "Language Proficiency Exam" for further information.)
  6. LANGUAGE CERTIFICATION FORM (print out this form and bring it to the Department of Foreign Language & Literatures)
  7. By receiving, within 5 years preceding UMD certification, certification of reading proficiency from any institution in the United States whose credits are regularly accepted by the Graduate School. 

Language Proficiency Exam
Administered by Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Minnesota Duluth

English graduate students taking the language proficiency exam administered by the UMD Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will translate into English sample paragraphs from critical articles. A dictionary may be used during this one-hour test.

Please contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at least one week before you wish to take the exam.

program requirements | related field requirement | language requirement | plan B requirement
how to file a program | satisfactory progress | comprehensive exam | certification form | oral component

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